Every cat parent knows that felines are adorable, entertaining, funny, highly intelligent problem solving animals that have the special ability to adapt to their environments and apply what they have learned in the past to new situations, but just like humans, cats have their own preferences, likes and dislikes that may result in unfavorable behavior changes if something is bothering them. Just as people prefer a sanitary bathroom and toilet, cats also prefer using a clean litter box in a clean environment, but sometimes having a clean litter box is not enough to prevent litter box problems.
A health related issue is one of the main reasons why litter box problems arise and should be taken very seriously, which is why it is recommended for pet parents to take their pet companions to the veterinarian on a regular basis. If the veterinarian rules out a health issue, depending on the age of your kitty, in addition to other factors, the location of where the litter box is placed is very important because cats need to feel safe in their environments. For example, if the litter box is placed near a noisy furnace or open area that allows no privacy, she might decide to use the bathroom elsewhere. Also try to avoid placing the litter box near the cat's food and water bowl because most cats prefer not to use the bathroom and eat in the same area.
Cleaning the litter box regularly is extremely important and if possible, especially if you have multiple cats, it is a good idea to have at least two litter boxes located in different areas throughout the house. Keep in mind the type of kitty litter used also plays a key factor in feline litter box problems and even though there are many types of cat litters on the market, every cat parent should seriously consider researching and trying each one out until they figure out which one their cats prefer.
If your cat has litter box problems, do not yell or hit her because not only will that result in her becoming afraid of you, it will also encourage negative behavior. The good news is that most litter box problems can be prevented if specific actions are taken and if you need more information and helpful advice about caring for your pet(s) please contact your veterinarian or local animal shelter.